Author Archives: Serena Lawrence

Seven Life Hacks for Living with Pulmonary Hypertension

Living with pulmonary hypertension can require some adjustments in your routines. Once I was diagnosed, it became clear that my daily routine would have to be adjusted. Suddenly little things I never thought twice about became a challenge, and even an obstacle sometimes. But there are shortcuts, or…

Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month

Did you know that November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month? Throughout November, PH Associations, patients, friends, family members and doctors will try to spread the word about pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month is celebrated with the intention of raising  funds and awareness about this disease. Advocacy efforts aim to educate more people…

Is Laughter the Very Best Medicine?

After being diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension I began to look high and low for things to incorporate into my lifestyle that potentially could help with my overall wellness. I began to look at myself as a holistic being, instead of someone with an illness. How was I overall,…

‘In Repair’ and 100 Stairs

Yesterday I went all the way to Toronto. It was my second time going there for something non-medical-related since being diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. I remember wondering if I would ever be able to go back to do something ‘normal,’ or to do something…

Meditation 101: A Guide for Beginners

My column last week, Meditation to Manage Stress, discussed why I started to practice meditation and mindfulness after being diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. A naturopath recommended it after my diagnosis and, although hesitant at first, I researched the benefits and decided to try it out. Practicing meditation was very…

Meditation to Help Manage Stress

After being diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, I turned to alternative health practices to complement my pulmonary hypertension treatments, (affectionately known by friends and family as boner pills). Sorry if that offends anyone, but I had a good laugh after my heart cath, when a doctor came over with the…

Pulmonary Hypertension in Cold and Flu Season

I live in Canada, where autumn has officially approached and is quickly passing. The weather can be a bit of a rollercoaster, fluctuating between jean-jacket weather and parka weather as it tries to decide what season this is. Suddenly it seems like everyone has a cold, making my desire…

Three Years Ago: My Life Leads to Pulmonary Hypertension

October 2013 is when I first started to notice unusual symptoms that would soon lead a diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. I can’t recall having any symptoms prior to that month, which is rather unusual. Most PH patients show symptoms for two years before receiving a proper diagnosis,…